What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today? Music has been a huge part of my family since I was a child. My Dad was a great singer and my Mother played a bit of piano, and my Aunt Bridie taught music. I have six brothers and sisters, and we all took piano lessons and played a band instrument. And in fact, we had a family singing group; we use to perform on variety concerts, at old-folks homes and on benefit/charity events. So, music is in my blood. And I had several terrific teachers along the way who were great inspirations. From the age of 13 to 18 my percussion teacher was Don Wherry, a major force in Canadian New Music and improvisation. He turned me on to so much music – Stravinsky, Steve Reich, Miles Davis and lots of very contemporary improvisors, like NEXUS and Cecil Taylor.